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When Emergency Alerts Are Written at a College Reading Level, Who Gets Left Behind?

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I've been thinking a lot about the gap between upper-middle legalistic literacy and plain old literacy a lot of late. This is a particularly stark example of how the gap affects real people's lives. I should note that in wildfires here in California, the issue hasn't been that people don't UNDERSTAND but that they don't WANT TO BELIEVE and don't know how to ask for help. Almost all the people killed, hurt or nearly hurt in our recent disasters have been elderly and/or handicapped.

It stresses me out to even see screenshots of disaster alerts now, after weeks of flood and tornado warnings in Austin. Then a major flood on a day when tornadoes were touching down nearby at the same time.

It's raining a lot where I am in New Mexico now, but all it does is turn the clayish dirt into nasty clayish mud.

Sorry it stresses you out. :(

I do think the example notification above that Joyce stashed is dreadfully unreadable.

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